MHS’ Smegal takes top honors at 220 during Scioto tournament


Marysville’s Ethan Smegal (top) has Brayden Benson of Grove City in a difficult situation during this 220-pound match on Saturday. Smegal pinned Benson en route to the weight division championship at Dublin Scioto’s Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)


Marysville High School’s varsity wrestling team had one champion, a runner-up and a third-place finisher during Saturday’s competition at Dublin Scioto High School.
Ethan Smegal took top honors in the 220-pound weight class during the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament.
Erryl Will was the runner-up at 145 and Joey Palmer took third place at 220.
Others placing for the Monarchs were Grant Marshall (170), fourth; and Logan Hawn and Parker Reese, sixth, each at 138.
Marshall, Hawn and Reese each had to forfeit their placement matches due to the five-match rule.
Centerville won the team title with 222.5 points and Westerville North was the runner-up with 216.
The Monarchs finished seventh with 94.5 during the 16-team event.
Smeagel won his championship with a 6-2 triumph over Jay Thompson of Worthington Kilbourne.
He began the day with a 1:41 pin over John Holzapfel of Westerville North.
Smeagel put Brayden Benson of Grove City to the mat in 4:12 during a quarterfinal bout.
The Monarch senior tallied his third consecutive pinfall during the semifinals when he toppled Brack Byorth of Canal Winchester in 1:51.
Will began his day with a 10-4 verdict over Beryl Walters of Watkins Memorial.
His quarterfinal match resulted in a 16-5 major decision over Columbus Centennial’s Jonathan Tremblay.
Will put another major decision (15-6) on his resume during the semifinals when he handled Blake Stevens of Grove City.
The title tilt saw Will drop a 6-1 decision to Centerville’s Avery Blair.
Palmer opened the tournament on the wrong side of the ledger, as he dropped a 15-7 major decision to Thompson.
Palmer bounced back in a consolation match with a 2-1 overtime triumph over Benson.
He then pinned Kyle Newman of Westland in 2:49 to advance to the consolation semifinals.
Palmer scored a 2:04 pinfall over Deveric Burigana of Westerville North.
That victory put Palmer into the match for third and fourth place against Byorth.
The battle extended into overtime, where Palmer came through with a 4-2 victory.
“Overall, this was a good opportunity for some of our non-starters to get some varsity matches,” said MHS head coach Shawn Andrews. “We hope that they continue to challenge our starters to create a culture of competition.
“On a side note, we had the chance to see Westland, which comes to town this Thursday for our first OCC dual match,” he said. “They might be the most improved team in the area, as they finished fourth on Saturday.”
MHS’ jayvee grapplers competed on Saturday at the St. Charles Invitational.
Those who placed for the Jr. Monarchs were:
-Max Shroyer (160), first; A.J. Bibb (182), third; Emma Swart (106), Joe Elay (126) and Riley Miller (145), fifth; and Nate Morey (160), sixth.

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